A member of the spinosa group with the following combination of characters: 1) vomerine dentition present, 2) bones green in life, 3) anterior half of parietal peritoneum is white, 4) dorsal color is dark green in life, 5) rostral is subovoid when viewed dorsally and truncated when viewed laterally, 6) dorsal skin finely granulated, 7) tarsal and ulnar folds absent, 8) humeral spine absent Adults attain a medium size; males reach 22.7-24.4mm SVL; head slightly wider than body (head width is 32.5-36.9% SVL). Diameter of eyes are 38.5-41.0% head length; tympanum is 33.3-47.8% diameter of the eye. Length of tibia is 56.6-61.0% SVL; when hind limbs are adpressed anteriorly and front limbs adpressed posteriorly the knees overlap with the elbows.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Colombia
Known from the western side of the Cordillera Occidental of Colombia in the departments of Antioquia and Risaralda between 800 and 2060m elevation.The Type locality is at the department of Risaralda, county of Pueblo Rico, road to `La Selva' (Repetidora TV), western slope of the Cordillera Occidental, 5° 11´ latitude N, 76° 6´ W of Greenwich, 1700-2060 m
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Adults found on vegetation bordering breaks, females now known
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Ruiz-Carranza, P.M. and Lynch, J.D. (1995). ''Ranas Centrolenidae de Colombia VI: Cuatro nuevas especies de Cochranella de la Cordillera Occidental.'' Lozania, (63), 1-15.
Written by Raul E. Diaz (lissamphibia AT gmail.com), Assistant/student
First submitted 2002-12-22
Edited by Raul E. Diaz (2003-01-05)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2003 Cochranella xanthocheridia <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/1803> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 27, 2016.
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